Odd Hen Out

VolailleAmant

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Jul 26, 2016
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Hi!
I raise Isa Browns, and 1 particular hen likes to sneak out and roam the yard and drive way early in the morning.
So when I go out to feed the chickens (keep in mind that this hen is NOT nice or very people social) she comes up to me about 6 feet away, and crouches like she is going to lay and egg. She makes a sort of popping sound also.
Why in the world does she do this? And it goes on EVERY MORNING!
HELP!
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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Do you have a rooster? Sounds likes she squatting to be mated. All my chickens are up roaming the yard at the crack of dawn.
 

VolailleAmant

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I do not have a rooster. And this doesn't look like the "I can mate" position!
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It is more like a "I am going to lay an egg" position!
 

LeahZ

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I think what you are describing is what my chickens do also. If I go to pick them up and they don't have a place to run to, they kind of squat with their wings out a little and freeze. I think it's just a defensive posture.
 

laceychicken

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I have several Australorp hens that do this. It is a type of submission. I can stroke their backs or pick them up. They are the only ones of my varied flock that do this. They are very sweet. I have a young hen ... 16 weeks... That just started this when I walk by her. She is the only one of 8 young girls ... All the same age that has started doing this. I try to pick her up and talk to her when I can to make her as tame as possible.
 

VolailleAmant

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Thank you everyone,
but squatting isn't what she is doing. It is more like she is trying to lay an egg on the side walk but falsely.
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